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Schools chosen to display artwork in London for Holocaust Memorial Day

Year 7 students from Bedford High involved in the project Credit: Wigan Council

A school in Wigan has been chosen to display artwork in London as part of a national commemoration to the Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 takes place 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In commemoration of this milestone, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust ran a project called 75 Memorial Flames.

The Trust which organises the commemorations encouraged schools, organisations and community groups across the UK to submit designs on a flame.

The artwork from Bedford High School in Leigh was chosen and will sit pride of place at the UK Commemorative Ceremony.

I helped with the dark blue background, the light blue flame, the white of the nails and the printing. The blue represents calmness and the white represents peace. The printing repeats the words Stand Together, which symbolises how important standing together is no matter a person’s gender or race.

– Amy, 11

More than 300 groups from across the country registered for the project, which aimed to bring people of all kinds together to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

The final 75 Memorial Flames were chosen by an expert panel of artists, as well as Holocaust survivor and CEO of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Olivia Marks-Woldman.

King David primary school in Manchester was the only Jewish school in the country to be picked for their design.

A copy of the Leigh flame will be displayed at The Fire Within exhibition in Wigan so local people and visitors from the region can come to pay their respects.

The sun rises behind the ruins of a gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/PA Images

Meanwhile, a number of remembrance events are taking place across the region.

Faith, civic, political and community leaders will come together for the second city-region-wide event in Greater Manchester.

They will gather at Manchester Hall to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust and genocides in places such as Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Rabbi Daniel Walker of Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation will address this year's event, as will Icek Alterman, a survivor of the Holocaust now living in Greater Manchester.

There will be readings from Figen Murray, mother of Martyn Hett, and Elinor Chohan MBE DL, Chair of the Northwest Board of Remembering Srebrenica.

Those who survived the Holocaust have given powerful testimony to the horrors they experienced, and as time passes on it is increasingly important that we hear their voices and reflect on the lessons of this atrocity and others around the world.

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Liverpool will mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a special service at the Town Hall.

During the service, Lord Mayor, Cllr Anna Rothery, will light a candle with Rabbi Avinoam Czitron from Childwall Hebrew Congregation, and there will be a performance from King David High School Choir.

Attendees will also be told more about a memorial project led by the trade union UNISON to remember the women held in the Ravensbruck concentration camp.

There will also be a presentation from young people examining how genocidal regimes have marginalised certain groups and this has been successfully challenged by people speaking out against oppression.

A Book of Remembrance is on display at Liverpool Town Hall Credit: Liverpool City Council

Earlier, the Lord Mayor will lay a wreath with faith and Jewish community leaders at the memorial stone at St John's Gardens, behind St George's Hall.

A Holocaust Memorial Day book of remembrance is on display for signing at the Town Hall until 4pm.

In a world which is increasingly fractured, where we have some leaders that are more interested in promoting division than harmony, it is vital we remember that there is far more that unites than divides the human race, to prevent a repeat of the horrors of the past.

– Lord Mayor, Cllr Anna Rothery
Manchester Jewish Museum hosts the northern premier of Holocaust Brunch by Tamara Micner Credit: Holly Revell

Manchester Jewish Museum will mark the day with two premieres of musical and theatrical performances.

Based on the real-life experiences and testimonies of Manchester Jewry, refugees and Holocaust survivors, they will be staged for the first time at Manchester Central Library.

The Isle of Man’s annual service of commemoration took place at St George’s Church in Douglas yesterday.